Marvel and Netflix Date ‘Punisher’ for 2017 as They Announce 5 More Cast Members

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October 26th, 2016

The rumor that The Punisher could hit Netflix in 2017 isn’t a rumor after all. Marvel has officially confirmed the anti-hero will join their Netflix slate in 2017 as they announced a new group of actors joining the cast of the series.

In addition to the previously announced additions of Deborah Ann Woll reprising her Daredevil role and more, Marvel announced that Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, and Michael Nathanson are joining the cast.



Webber will play Lewis Walcott. Marvel describes the character for the show as "a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society.” Not a comic book character, it’s unclear how his path and Frank Castle’s (Jon Bernthal) will cross for the series.


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Moore is a comic book character named Curtis Hoyle. He’s a friend of Frank Castles, and one of the few people who knows he’s still alive. In the comics, the duo weren’t exactly friendly. They met during the Vietnam War and though the character only has two comic book appearances under his belt, Frank Castle tossed him out of a helicopter. As a minor comic book character, the show could do just about anything with him.



Also playing a comic book character is Schulze. He’ll be Rawlins, a CIA operative who has a secret about work in Afghanistan that intersects with Frank Castle’s storyline. When Rawlins debuted in the comics in the 90s, he was also a CIA agent, and also dirty. He had his hands in drugs and weapons, so it sounds like he’s a prime candidate to be the villain of the series.



Jaime Ray Newman will play the wife of Ebon Moss-Bachrach’s character Micro. The character doesn’t appear in the comics, so it’s unclear how much we’ll see of her or where the story for her will go on the show.



Michael Nathanson was already spotted filming by fans in New York, but now, we know his role. Nathanson will play Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is partnered with the previously announced Dinah (Amber Rose Revah). Neither of them appear to have comic book counterparts.

About the casting, showrunner Steve Lightfoot said, “We couldn't have asked for a more talented group of actors to round out the cast of Marvel's The Punisher. It's a thrill to watch them each bring their characters to life with such layered, nuanced performances.” Lightfoot wrote the first two episodes of the series in addition to executive producing.

We don’t know exactly when in 2017 The Punisher will come to Netflix, but it will likely be late in the year. Iron Fist will make his Netflix debut in March and The Defenders are set to begin filming their team-up event series later this year, also for a 2017 release.